While it is possible to file a bankruptcy case pro se, that is, without the assistance of an attorney, it is extremely difficult to do so successfully. Hiring a competent attorney is highly recommended. If you are unable to afford an attorney, you may be able to qualify for free legal representation. For information about other referral programs, contact the State Bar of Nevada (external link), the Clark County Bar Association (external link), or the Washoe County Bar Association (external link).
Pursuant to Local Rule 9010, any corporation, partnership, or other business entity, except when acting as a bankruptcy trustee for a corporation or partnership, must be represented by an attorney.
Note: The Nevada Bankruptcy Court may not refer you to any individual attorney and are not permitted to give you legal advice of any nature.
You may search your telephone directory for bankruptcy assistance or contact the following agencies:
LEGAL AID CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Address: 725 East Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: (702) 386-1070 x155
Website: http://www.lacsn.org (external link)
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in conjunction with the William S. Boyd School of Law and Nevada Legal Services provide a weekly bankruptcy Legal Education Class as a community service that is open to all members of the public. The classes provide legal information to the public about Bankruptcy Court procedures, rules, and Nevada law. They also provide a wide variety of the necessary forms to assist you with representing yourself in court. A free online bankruptcy class video as well as an English bankruptcy manual and Spanish bankruptcy manual are available from their website. These classes and manuals are not intended to take the place of an attorney and we highly recommend that you consult with a private attorney before filing any court documents.
NEVADA LEGAL SERVICESSouthern Nevada
Address: 530 S. 6th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 386-0404Northern Nevada
Address: 650 Tahoe Street
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 284-3491
Website: http://nevadalawhelp.org/NV/ (external link)
Nevada Legal Services, Inc. is a private, statewide, nonprofit public interest law firm funded by grants from the Legal Services Corporation, the Nevada Law Foundation and District Court filing fees. They provide legal service in civil matters to eligible clients. Eligibility depends on the type of legal assistance you need and your income level.
WASHOE LEGAL SERVICES
Address: 299 South Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 329-2727
Website: http://www.washoelegalservices.org (external link)
Provides free assistance to qualifying residents of Washoe County, NV.
ABIWORLD BANKRUPTCY PRO BONO RESOURCE LOCATOR
Website: http://probono.abi.org (external link)
ABI now provides a valuable feature on the ABIWorld Web site: an interactive, national locator for consumers needing pro bono bankruptcy services. The "Bankruptcy Pro Bono Resource Locator," developed by the Institute for Financial Literacy (with funding from the ABI Endowment) with significant contributions from the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Project, lists more than 600 providers nationally. By clicking on a state within the interactive national map, users will be led to the name, location and essential details for all bankruptcy providers near them, including any critical limitations on the services provided.
For more information on additional resources, download the Pro Bono Flyer.